Prince Philip attended Royal Wedding despite ‘cracked rib’

Prince Philip was determined to watch his grandson walk down the aisle last weekend.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 96, attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials despite reportedly having a cracked rib after falling in the bath just days earlier.

Showing no sign of pain, Philip appeared in high spirits smiling at Royal Wedding well wishers as he walked unaided into St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle with the Queen.

A royal insider said he refused to use a stick to help him, and added to The Sun : The Duke is not a fan of showering and prefers to bathe.

"But he’s a determined man and nothing was going to stop him attending.”

The groom’s grandfather is also said to have run up and down the stairs in order to get in shape for the special day.

Royal biographer Penny Junor described the Duke as ‘completely heroic’ after attending the wedding.

She said: "Given he is 96 and the operation was six weeks ago, I think it shows he is an extraordinary man.”

Philip had also recently recovered from a hip replacement after undergoing surgery at King Edward VII hospital on April 4.

Nine days later, he was pictured smiling and giving onlookers a royal wave as he was driven away from the London hospital.

In early May, Kensington Palace said they were unsure if the Duke would attend the Royal Wedding , adding that Buckingham Palace staff would have guidance on that "closer to the time".

The Duke of Edinburgh, the longest-serving consort in British history and also the oldest serving partner of a reigning monarch, retired from public duties in August of last year – 64 years afer he began his service to the British public.

Prince Philip’s first royal engagement after the Queen’s coronation was a dinner in the Officers’ Mess at Eastney Barracks on July 15 1953.

Philip, who was 32, wore smart Royal Marines mess dress.

The Times recorded how he "motored from Odiham to Eastney Barracks" and watched the massed bands of the Portsmouth Command beat retreat on the cricket field.

The Duke had been appointed Captain General of the corps and the newspaper said: "For the occasion, officers and men of the corps had come from all Royal Marine units in the United Kingdom and ships of the Home Fleet."

As consort to the Queen, the Duke has supported his wife in her new duties as sovereign, accompanying her to ceremonies such as the State Opening of Parliament in various countries, state dinners, and tours abroad.

He attended an incredible 22,219 solo engagements between 1952 and last August.

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